And He told this parable: "A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none.
He told the vineyard worker, 'Listen, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it even waste the soil?'
"But he replied to him, 'Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
Perhaps it will bear fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.' "